North Tyneside volunteering update 25/02/21

A number of North Tyneside organisations are currently recruiting for volunteers and trustees. Volunteering opportunities VODA is recruiting Digital Champions, Community Health Champions and Good Neighbours shopping and prescription collection volunteers. English Heritage…

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Little1Stop – supporting young parents in North Shields

Starting a new charity is never easy, but for Dawn Jobey (pictured left) her dream of creating Little1Stop to support young parents who are struggling to provide the essentials for…

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The COVID Winter Grant for North Tyneside residents

The COVID Winter Grant is designed to help North Tyneside residents pay for essential bills related to food and warmth. North Tyneside Council knows that many residents are struggling and…

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Free Social Media Workshops from Accenture

Accenture is delivering a series of three workshops for charities over the next month.  Accenture highly recommend that charities attend all of the sessions as they seamlessly interlock together: Introduction to…

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North Tyneside Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme

VODA recently worked alongside North Tyneside Council to host two online meetings exploring plans for this year’s Holiday Activities and Food Programme. The HAF will ensure that children on free…

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One day vaccination hub at Heaton Mosque

Habib Jiwa, a pharmacist working for TyneHealth in North Tyneside, set up a onetime vaccination clinic at Heaton Mosque to encourage vaccination uptake within his local Muslim community. Habib commented: “Uptake for vaccination…

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Suitability: supporting men of the North East into employment

Darren who works for Moving On Tyne & Wear, (a local employability programme that supports people with mental and physical health barriers gain access to education, employment and training) was…

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VCS Workforce Rapid COVID-19 Testing

North Tyneside council has opened a new COVID-19 rapid testing service. The aim of rapid community testing is to test people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms to identify those…

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Navigating Self-Isolation in North Tyneside

If you are asked to self-isolate, it is important that you follow the advice which is there to help keep you, your loved ones, and your community safe. We know…

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Living Well North Tyneside booklet

Living Well North Tyneside is a useful booklet providing information and advice on local health and wellbeing services. The booklet provides information on how to maintain a healthy mind and…

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Here to help: Co-op Member Pioneers

As part of their longstanding commitment to supporting the local community, the Co-op has recruited hundreds of “Member Pioneers” across the country, who are tasked with getting to know their…

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Support available from local students

Gateshead College’s business, games and digital technology students are seeking placements within the region to bring fresh thinking and ideas to the VCSE sector. These young people are looking to…

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‘Stay at home’ order for millions in UK

The Prime Minister has announced a national lockdown from 5 January 2021 and instructed people to stay at home to control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives. PM…

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Families to receive extra support with food and essentials in North Tyneside

Struggling households are set to receive extra financial support through North Tyneside Council this winter. The council has received funding from the national Covid Winter Grant Fund to help some…

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New research reveals impact of Covid on North East lives as Christmas approaches

New research commissioned by the seven North East councils reveals how people across the region feel about Covid-19 and local restrictions – with over half admitting that while they want…

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Second Bite Catering Academy case study: William and Franklin’s Journey

William [aged 26] and Franklin [aged 23] are Asylum Seekers from El Salvador that were housed in North Shields by the Home Office when they entered the UK in February…

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Community Christmas Spirit Comes to North Tyneside

In 2019 new charity, Live Well with Cancer wanted to give a token gift to cancer patients, in local hospitals, to let people know they were thinking of them. The…

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North Tyneside to move into Tier 3 – 2 December 2020

After an incredibly challenging period of national lockdown, our region now finds itself in the ‘very high’ Tier 3. These restrictions are designed to protect the most vulnerable among us,…

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VODA AGM and Annual Report 2019 to 2020

As is the story of most events in 2020, we had to take VODA’s AGM online. Although we were unable to get together for our usual gathering of friends and…

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Moving on Tyne & Wear case study: David’s story

David is a participant on the Moving on Tyne and Wear (MOTW) programme, who is supported with interaction, confidence and searching for a volunteering opportunity.  He left school quite early…

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VODA shortlisted for North East Charity of the Year

We are delighted to announce that VODA has been shortlisted for North East Charity of the Year at the North East Charity Awards 2020. The Awards are designed to recognise…

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Become a Tyne & Wear Sight Loss Council member

Are you blind or partially sighted and interested in advocating for others? Join our community of blind and partially sighted advocates and help support visually impaired people in your area…

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VCS services update during national restrictions 5 Nov to 2 Dec

Many charities are working hard to continue to deliver services during the new national restrictions from 5 November to 2 December 2020. A number of face to face activities are…

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Animal Assisted Therapy Service available for partnership working

Ever wondered how a Therapy Animal might support your work? Northern Animal Assisted Therapies & Activities (NAATA) is pleased to introduce their team, which includes Heidi, the Therapy Dog and…

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Green light for major environmental projects at Linskill

Being more environmentally aware and reducing its carbon footprint were identified as priorities by the Linskill and North Tyneside Community Development Trust, to future-proof its centres and ensure the continued…

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Working with the VCS: Primary Care Network specials 24 & 25 November

Our next Working With the VCS events will focus on building new relationships between emerging Primary Care Networks and local charities and community organisations. Primary Care Networks are a key…

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New National Restrictions from 5 November 2020

COVID-19 case numbers are rising rapidly across the whole of the UK and in other countries. We must act now to control the spread of the virus. The single most…

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The Spirit of North Tyneside

In unprecedented times, the North Tyneside community has been a shining light and we want to help recognise everyone’s contribution. Since March, residents, businesses and the community and voluntary sector…

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Linskill surpasses its Active Summer Challenge

In July as the country started to ease out of lockdown the Community Development team at the Linskill and North Tyneside Community Development Trust launched the Active Summer Challenge, to…

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North Tyneside – Local COVID alert level: high 14.10.20

From Wednesday 14 October all areas in England are in a Local COVID Alert Level. Local COVID alert levels set out information for local authorities, residents and workers about what…

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